Rebecca Poulson has what she calls a strange job. We’d call it a really cool one. Rebecca is the Technical Program Manager for Emerging Platforms at Northwestern University Knight Lab, where she gets to work on experiments designed to push journalism into new spaces. Rebecca takes us along her journey of writing plays to writing code and shares a surprising benefit of VR. Plus, career advice and the Olympics!
Has anyone ever called you an amateur? Fractured Atlas Founder Adam Huttler has some thoughts on why that’s a good thing. Adam tells us how he took a small theater production company and grew it into one of the premier arts services and nonprofit technology companies in the country. As he steps into his new role as Founder and Chief of Exponential Creativity Ventures, he shares his views on professional development, the benefits of creativity, defining your impact and more. Plus, why coding is an ideal day job for artists!
Have you ever considered using Trello to compose your next symphony? Meet Kevin Clark, a philanthropy consultant, product manager, and composer working to help artists thrive. As a composer, Kevin experiments with business models and collaboration techniques (and yes, Trello!) as much as with pitches and rhythms. Kevin shares how being marginally competent and in the right place at the right time can have big payoff and how to know when you should ask users or collaborators or your boss for feedback on your projects. Plus, Kickstarter campaign tips and nonprofit arts business models!
It’s our 80th episode, so you know it’s a great one! We’re talking with Kat Mustatea, who’s a poet, playwright and technologist. Kat writes about the intersection of technology and the arts for Forbes, and she’s currently interested in art in the age of machine intelligence. Kat takes us on her path from mathematics to sculpture to theater and beyond, and Christina shares an idea that Cate calls a “creative grenade.”
Ready to jump down a rabbit hole of curiosity and creation? Join us as we talk with Casey REAS, an artist and educator whose interdisciplinary work has been shown around the world and most recently, in music videos for The National. Casey teaches in the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA and is the cofounder of Processing, a programming language for artists. We discuss the power of emphasis over aptitude, finding the right balance between solo work and collaboration, getting your work seen and lots more.